Math 20: Probability

Fall 2014

General Information Schedule Homework Exams


Introduction to Probability by Grinstead and Snell
Available here or at Wheelock Books.

Basic Information

Instructor: Eva Infeld Office Hours: Tu 4:00-5:00, W 3:30-4:30, Th 4-5 in Kemeny 244
E-mail: at Lectures: MWF 13:45 - 14:50
PGP key: Here. X-hour: Th 13:00 - 13:50
Office: Kemeny 211 Lecture Hall: Kemeny 006

Course Description

The course covers the concepts of probability, from the basics, through important intuition in computing real-life probabilities to Markov Chains and some of the more advanced properties of chance. Some of the exercises include programming in Python. It will be gently introduced, but if you wish to prepare I recommend the exercises here.


Problem sets will be posted here. Out of the 9 problem sets graded, the lowest mark will be dropped and not count towards the final grade. They are due each Friday, with the exception of the first one, which is due on Monday, 9/22.

Basic Information

Your grade will be assessed according the following rubric:
Homework 30%
Midterm 25%
Final exam 45%

The Honor Principle

On Exams: Students may not give or receive assistance of any kind on an exam from any person except for the instructor or someone explicitly designated by the instructor to answer questions about the exam.

On Homework: Collaboration and discussion is encouraged, and you may discuss problems with instructors, tutors, and fellow students, and use notes, books, calculators, and computing devices. However, each student is to complete his or her assignments individually and independently.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see your instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested. As a first step, if students have questions about whether they qualify to receive accommodations, they should contact the Student Accessibility Service office.
Religious Observance

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with the instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.